Prashant Kishor Says, "Nobody Has Magic Wand" On Priyanka Gandhi Vadra Impact

Prashant Kishor Says, "Nobody Has Magic Wand" On Priyanka Gandhi Vadra Impact

Prashant Kishor Says, "Nobody Has Magic Wand" On Priyanka Gandhi Vadra Impact (file image)

New Delhi: Election strategist-turned- politician Prashant Kishor said the Congress in-charge in Uttar Pradesh, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, will not impact the upcoming Lok Sabha election. However, he predicted that she might emerge as a challenge for political parties in the long run.

"Nobody has a magic wand. I do not think she will be able to turn things around for the Congress in the two-three months that are left for the Lok Sabha polls," Mr Kishor, who worked for the Congress before joining Nitish Kumar's JDU, was quoted by PTI as saying.

"But she is a big name and a popular face. In the long run, yes she would emerge as a challenge (to the NDA)," Mr Kishor told reporters.

Last month, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra made her debut in active politics. Her brother and Congress President, Rahul Gandhi appointed her joint in-charge of Uttar Pradesh, along with Madhya Pradesh stalwart Jyotiraditya Scindia.

Today, Priyanka Gandhi took part in Lucknow road show. She was accompanied by her brother and Congress president Rahul Gandhi and fellow UP in-charge Jyotiraditya Scindia. They waved at hundreds of supporters from the top of a modified truck that was decorated in party colours.

The Congress President, later made clear the task cut-out for his sister and Mr Scindia-- a good performance in Lok Sabha elections and the party's revival in assembly polls.

"Priyanka and Scindia-ji will work for the Lok Sabha election but their mission goes beyond that to the assembly polls. We will not relent until we establish a Congress government in UP," Mr Gandhi said.

The state of Uttar Pradesh, which was once ruled by the Congress has been under the rule of other parties for decades now. The party aligned with Akhilesh Yadav's Samajwadi Party in 2017 assembly polls, but it was completely decimated as BJP scored a landslide win.

The Congress party had been in talks with Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati to form a grand alliance in Uttar Pradesh for the upcoming general elections, but was snubbed. Later, the Congress party announced it will contest polls on all 80 seats in the state.

"I respect Akhilesh-ji and Mayawati-ji, but we will fight election with all our strength," Mr Gandhi said today.

The General elections will take place in May this year.

(With inputs from PTI)